Wednesday, April 9, 2014

{Book Review} Grooming a Star Wars Lover... Young Jedi who Loves to Read!

Who usually plays the bedtime story reading role at home? Is it mommy or daddy? In our home, 95% of the time it's done by me, Big Guy hardly has the patience to read through the books with the duo.

But not with these books. He read them far more animatedly than me. It's easy to tell why... He's the hard core Star Wars fan since teenage years, he can name every character in every Star Wars episode and Darth Vader was probably his childhood idol. He has a few lightsabers so he can trains the little ones on lightsaber fighting skill. In the dark. 

So yes, he is no doubt one die hard Star Wars fan.

So here are some books I would like to recommend to the Star Wars fans out there, especially for daddy who find reading boring. You shall enjoy this and have some good laugh with your little ones, or even just to yourself.

#1 Darth Vader and Son, by Jeffrey Brown

About the mighty dark lord and his 4yo son, Luke, this is an adorable comic that illustrates how Darth Vader's life would be as a father in a funny yet touching way.  Each page is a short story of how Darth Vader attempts to coach Luke to use his Jedi power, or how Luke got himself into mischief with his R2-D2 and C-3PO. My boy was deeply in love with this book and would read it aloud all to himself. Reading the book gave me good laugh, really. I can totally picture myself in his position. :)
It's a 64 pages hardcover with beautiful illustrations by Jeffrey Brown. You may read out more about him here or discover his blogI truly admire his creativity and humor. Here are some snippets..

#2 Vader's Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown 

Who says Star Wars is only for the boys? Little girls too can enjoy some exciting galaxy quests! Princess Leia, the teenage daughter of Darth Vader is smart, curious and strong will. She gave the Sith Lord equal if not more headache than managing the brother Luke or even the Galactic Empire, especially when she met a boy friend, Han Solo. Reading this book some how made me laugh hysterically, as I can really imagine my girl being the rebellious Princess Leia as portrayed by Jeffrey... 

#3 Star Wars: the Jedi Academy, by Jeffrey Brown

This is a paperback children book and also the latest publication of Star Wars chronicle by Jeffrey Brown. We got from Scholastic and it's a paperback in black & white print, the bonus was, it came with a free figurine of C-3PO (which got my boy super excited..) It's about how all the young Jedi name Roan who couldn't make it to the Pilot academy but was recruited into the Jedi academy instead. 

Roan undergone his Jedi training under the wise Yoda master along with a bunch of other gifted kids. The book was written like a journal or doodle, which makes it really fun to read. My little handsome especially likes it when I read to him in Yoda's signature voice, always giggled and asked for more. Personally, I like this book too for the awkward sense of humor. :)

The description on Master Yoda... approximate 10lpm and 15hpm?? LOL

#4 Star Wars: How to Speak Droid with R2-D2, A Communication Manual

This 12 pages hardcover book was a present the duo got from a good friend's son who returned from his Aussie trip. It is published by Chronicle Books which also published an earlier book on How to Speak Wookie, which apparently was another bestseller... Gosh, there sure is lots of Star Wars fans out there else there won't be so many Star Wars books being published!

As you can tell  R2-D2 is the main character here with a built-in sound module that makes 10 different droid phases akin to R2-D2. You know, the ti-li-tu-lu-beep-beep-bap or the bi-rap-rap-tap-wa-tee-tee-pee. It's a fun book that let you discovers the other side of the droid, like how they walk the dog, gives a back massage or even serves in a restaurant. Something that will make the little ones laugh. :)

My little girl has yet to be able to read by herself as she's barely 2yo, but she enjoys flipping and pressing all the buttons, and laugh in the most care-free way. I love listening to her chuckles, really washes away any troubles in my mind.

#5 Goodnight Darth Vader (Coming Soon!)

Another new book of Jeffrey Brown is expected to be released on 22 July 2014. Since I have yet to get this book for my little captain, let's read the published synopsis.. 

"In this Episode, the Sith Lord must soothe his rambunctious twins, Luke and Leia—who are not ready to sleep and who insist on a story. As Vader reads, the book looks in on favorite creatures, droids, and characters, such as Yoda, R2-D2, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Maul, Admiral Ackbar, Boba Fett, and many others as they tuck in, yawn, and settle down to dream. "

Even since we introduced these books to my little captain, he loves to start his story by saying:

"Long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... 
On a planet called the Death Star..

He spoke with a low deep voice which he finds cool. It excites me too to see how much he enjoys the books and narrating the stories to us, he is now fondly curious to find out how stars and planets and robots are made and been flipping his encyclopedia over and over. 

The power of curiosity, is the source that leads to the quest for knowledge.
- by PH
Well, since we are on the topic of Star Wars, and I assume you must be a fan of Star Wars or you may not have read this far, do you know when was Star Wars the comic first published? *hehehe*

It's on  1 July 1977 by Marvel Comics and was on sale for USD$0.30. That makes Star Wars 37 years old this year!

Cover of Star Wars Volume #1

So, can't wait to get one of these books?
Most of these books were acquired oversea (from UK and Australia respectively, the first 2 were flown in from UK by their favorite uncle) but some local stores may have the books too. I just found one of the books on MPH Online, so feel free to try your luck by visiting Kinokuniya, Borders or MPH.

Otherwise, online purchase is available too.. 

Book Depository

MPH Online
Darth Vader and Son
Star Wars: Jedi Academy

In case you wonder.... I'm sharing these books not because I have any commission or received any benefit in any form, it is purely for the love of books and Star Wars. 

"May the Force be with you"

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